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"1943" Same year My Parents were married in New York, My Father was in the Army and my Mother accompanied him there from Louisville,KY
Before 1942, American children pledged allegiance to the flag with the Bellamy salute. Worried that it might be confused with the Nazi's Roman salute, Congress changed the salute to simply placing a hand over the heart.
Bellamy Salute 1 “The Bellamy salute, first demonstrated on October 12, 1892, was described by Francis Bellamy to accompany the American Pledge of Allegiance, which he had authored. “When Italian fascists and Nazis adopted a similar salute, it was officially replaced by the hand-over-heart salute when Congress amended the Flag Code on December 22, 1942.”
How Bright Our Flag Against The Sky Atop Its Flagpole Straight and High! How Bright The Red, The White The Blue, With What They Stand For Shining Through More Meaningful As Years Go By How Bright, How Bright The Flag We Fly. - By James Kuehn age 9 years.